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Bhopal: Animal rights activists and wildlife enthusiasts have reacted sharply to forest minister Sartaj Singh’s proposal to open the state’s forest for hunting of wild boars and blue bulls.

 

BJP Lok Sabha member Menaka Gandhi’s NGO, the International Organisation for Animal Protection (OIPA) is the first to protest the proposal for relaxing rule to facilitate hunting of the two wildlife species. 

 

While the forest minister floated the proposal as an effort to check damage of crops from rising population of wild boars and blue bulls, the OIPA dubbed it a strategy to benefit the private forest lodge operators who have clients from Middle East and other countries.

“Earlier the forest department trans-located tigers and other wild animals from one reserve to another for the benefit of forest lodges, resorts and hotels, now it wants to permit hunting for the same purpose” says Naresh Kadyan, OIPA representative in India.

The minister is influenced by the tourism lobby, he alleged. However, Sartaj Singh said there was nothing new in the proposal. “I have made some amendments in the existing rules which are in existence for the last 12 years,” he said.

The minister has proposed the Centre to allow hunting of blue bulls and wild boars on condition of registration of hunters and collection of fees. “The hunter, who kills the animal, can keep it after paying a stipulated fee,” Singh said. The minister also told the DNA that farmers have been facing heavy loss of crops because of these animals which are in abundance in the state.“As the farmers are not trained in hunting, we want to engage skilled hunters. Only registered hunters would be allowed to hunt” he said.

The proposal has been sent to the State law department. Sartaj Singh also pointed out that farmers and MLAs of the state had been demanding this for long. The state government had permitted hunting blue bull and wild boars causing damage to crops in 2000 after due permission from the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), nobody sought such a permission so far.

 

 

 

 

Letter to
Prime Minister of India Hon'ble Sardar Manmohan Sngh
Shri Ram Lal
Minister of Environment and Forest Smt. Jayanthi Natrajan
and 17 others
President of India, New Delhi HE Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
Home Minister of India
Vice President of India Hon'ble Shri Hamid Ansari
Dr. Anmol Kumar
Director, AWD Shri Anjani Kumar
Central Zoo Authority of India The Member Secretary
Shri Ananth Kumar
Sh. Syed Shahnawaz Hussain
OIPA Presidency Office
Chairman, AWBI Maj. Gen. R. M. Khareb
Leader Opposition, Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma Swaraj
BJP Central Office
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad
Shri O.P. Kohli
Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Shri Tarun Vijay
BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari
Bhopal: Animal rights activists and wildlife enthusiasts have reacted sharply to forest minister Sartaj Singh’s proposal to open the state’s forest for hunting of wild boars and blue bulls.
BJP Lok Sabha member Menaka Gandhi’s NGO People for Animals, United Nation's affiliated, the International Organisation for Animal Protection (OIPA) is the first to protest the proposal for relaxing rule to facilitate hunting of the two wildlife species.
While the forest minister floated the proposal as an effort to check damage of crops from rising population of wild boars and blue bulls, the OIPA dubbed it a strategy to benefit the private forest lodge operators who have clients from Middle East and other countries.
“Earlier the forest department trans-located tigers and other wild animals from one reserve to another for the benefit of forest lodges, resorts and hotels, now it wants to permit hunting for the same purpose” says Naresh Kadyan, OIPA representative in India.
The minister is influenced by the tourism lobby, he alleged. However, Sartaj Singh said there was nothing new in the proposal. “I have made some amendments in the existing rules which are in existence for the last 12 years,” he said.
The minister has proposed the Centre to allow hunting of blue bulls and wild boars on condition of registration of hunters and collection of fees. “The hunter, who kills the animal, can keep it after paying a stipulated fee,” Singh said. The minister also told the DNA that farmers have been facing heavy loss of crops because of these animals which are in abundance in the state.“As the farmers are not trained in hunting, we want to engage skilled hunters. Only registered hunters would be allowed to hunt” he said.
The proposal has been sent to the State law department. Sartaj Singh also pointed out that farmers and MLAs of the state had been demanding this for long. The state government had permitted hunting blue bull and wild boars causing damage to crops in 2000 after due permission from the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), nobody sought such a permission so far.

Animal Rights activist Naresh Kadyan, founder Chairman, PFA Haryana and Representative of the International Organisation for Animal Protection - OIPA in India has strongly opposed Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Sartaj Singh’s proposed move to simplify rules for hunting of wild boars and blue bulls as demanded by farmers and MLAs following damage to their crops by these animals.
“Let me clarify at the outset that this decision to permit hunting of wild boars and blue bull in the wild is not taken for the sake of farmers, but to benefit those private forest lodge operators who have clients from Middle East and other countries,” Abhishek Kadyan, Media Adviser to OIPA in India told to media in Delhi.
Miss. Sukanya Kadyan, Director Events of OIPA in India alleged that it appears that the Forest Minister must have been influenced by these lodge operators to permit hunting of these innocent creatures. Already the population of wild animals in the country is reducing and with this decision things will become more worrisome, she further added.
“If a hunter is allowed to shoot in the forest, what will happen to other endangered animals freely roaming in the wild. Will they not get disturbed by the bullet sound. What will happen if these animals after getting disturbed come down to villages and towns or in case instead of a wild boar or blue bull, an elephant got killed accidentally by these hunters,” she asked.
The government should not allow such things to happen as already forest cover and population of wild animals is reducing in the country, she asserted. Demanding sacking of Sartaj Singh from the post. Wildlife Crime Syndicate : Break it. Matter taken up with the Govt. of India by Sukanya Kadyan vide No. MOEAF/E/2012/00022 and by Abhishek Kadyan with the HE the President of India's office vide No. PRSEC/E/2012/00937 dated January 20, 2012.
Please allow Abhishek Kadyan, Media Adviser to OIPA - UN affiliated chapter in India, C-38, Rose Apartment, Sector-14, Prashant Vihar, Rohini, Delhi - 110085 to deliver this petition in person.
We endorsed Shri Naresh Kadyan stand.